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Compliance & Precision News Round-Up - November11

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Lighting the way forward

The Lighting Association (LA) and the Lighting Industry Federation (LIF) are to merge following a period of consultation with their members. 

The associations recently held Extraordinary General Meetings where members of both organisations voted to merge the two associations. The new association will be known as The Lighting Industry Association and will be incorporated in early 2012.

Commenting on the merger, president of the LIF Rune Marki, said: “LIF members believe that the merging of operations of LIF and LA into one new expanded association will be beneficial to the members and the market generally, both in terms of better representation of the Industry and the provision of services to members, during a period of rapid technological change for the industry.”

Jonathan Lucas, LA President said: “A great deal of work has gone into the proposal to merge during the course of this year and I am delighted that the members have voted in favour. A single stronger association will better equip the whole industry for the challenges that we are facing in a rapidly changing business environment.”

More details at www.lightingassociation.com

Kitemark for catering appliance compliance

Against a backdrop of product recalls and counterfeit goods, the British Standards Institution (BSI) has introduced new Kitemark scheme for commercial catering appliances.

The Kitemark, the UK’s premier symbol of quality and reassurance, will now be awarded to commercial catering appliances that meet the grade, giving manufacturers of gas and electrical appliance products, installers and purchasers of commercial appliances confidence in safe and fit-for-purpose appliances.

The Kitemark is a voluntary certification mark that shows a product or service meets the applicable and appropriate British, European or international other recognised standard for quality, safety and performance. With increasing concerns over safety, there is a rising demand for safer appliances which have been independently and annually tested to ensure they are safe and reliable. The Kitemark provides this reassurance and allows manufacturers to differentiate their products in a highly competitive marketplace.

More details at www.bsigroup.com

New AMDEA chairman

John Morrissey, Managing Director for Peterborough-based Indesit Company, has taken on an additional role as chairman of AMDEA (the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances), the trade association for the domestic appliance industry covering the whole of the UK.

Mr Morrissey said: “AMDEA works with and represents domestic appliance manufacturers, distributors and importers in the UK in important areas such as energy consumption, environmental impact, appliance design and safety. I am delighted to be taking on this role and am looking forward to helping shape this agenda on a UK and European platform.”

Mr Morrissey takes over as AMDEA Chairman from Uwe Hanneck of Bosch Siemens Home Appliances who held the position for the previous six years.

More details at www.amdea.org.uk

EU standards set to have impact in China

European Union imposed environmental standards are set to add an additional burden to Chinese makers of domestic appliances that are already struggling with shrinking foreign demand and rising production costs.

The European Commission is expected to implement new ERP (energy-related products) rules for products such as air-conditioners by the end of this year or early 2012, while new ERP rules for water heaters, drum dryers and vacuum cleaners will come into place no later than early 2013, according to home appliances expert Huang Wenxiu from China Electric Apparatus Research Institute.

An energy-related products directive replaced the older eco-design directive introduced in November 2009, covering products that use energy such as microwaves and televisions and products that are energy-related such as double-glazed windows and showerheads.

EU nations began implementing the new ERP directive in November 2010, but the commission has yet to announce a full list of products that it will cover.

In July, the EU started to implement a new ROHS directive aimed at reducing the use of certain dangerous materials such as lead and mercury in electric and electronic equipment.
Higher environmental standards are also being introduced in other countries including the U.S., Britain and South Korea.

Huang said production costs for China’s home appliances exporters would continue to go up as the thresholds for environmental protection keep rising.

“This is an industry with lean profits, and with costs on the rise, product prices at the consumer end are also expected to increase,” he warned.

Cropico tester digs deep for cable electrical safety testing

A high performance Cropico microhmmeter from Seaward is being used by certification, testing and inspection house Bureau Veritas to test the safety of cables installed in quarries operated by contractors across Britain.

Electrical circuits installed within quarries must be tested in order to ensure no damage occurs during installation and when in service. A low resistance microhmmeter, with a 10A test current, is essential for this type of testing, due to the low resistance of the cables, which cannot be accurately tested using a regular ohmmeter.

Bureau Veritas has specified the Cropico DO7010 to inspect the safety of these circuits. If left unchecked, they can continue to function but offer a high risk of fire or electric shock - extremely dangerous to those working on site.

Mahendra Mistry, electrical engineering specialist at Bureau Veritas, said: “The accuracy of the DO7010 was a key factor in my decision to use it for testing the quarry installations. It iss also an extremely reliable instrument while being portable and easy to use. It meets all of our requirements.”

With a measuring range of 600µΩ to 60Ω with 0.1 and 10mΩ resolution respectively, the DO7010 instrument can measure with switchable current levels of 1A or 10A on all except the highest range. Externally recharged NiMh battery packs can be replaced quickly via the front panel to ensure minimum downtime anywhere.

An LCD panel displays full information on measurement configuration and a single start button ensures ease of use while the ability to trigger measurements by lead contact to the test device provides fast single-person operation. A remote hand terminal is also available to fully control the tester at up to 15m distance.

Other features include a robust design, true 4-terminal measurement to eliminate lead resistance errors, auto average of forward/reverse measurement and sequence testing with memory for 1000 readings.

Designed for a wide range of electronic engineering, design and manufacturing applications requiring accurate low resistance measurement, the DO7010’s data logging function also permits downloading of test sequences from a spreadsheet and uploading of test results back to the data records. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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